Dawson City is a designated National Historic Site and rightly so. A visit to this city takes you back in time to the Klondike days of the gold rush and the life that was all part of that. Many of the buildings have been restored or refurbished and offer a realistic and colourful display of the past.
|Downtown Dawson City, Yukon|
|Perma frost results|
These buildings were built in 1901 and originally a hotel, photography studio and a hardware store. They’ve been left in their natural state to demonstrate the progressive effects of having heated buildings on permafrost ground. Permafrost damage rates the second most destructive only to fire.
|Miner's tribute Dawson City River Walk|
|Klondike Spirit on Yukon River|
|View from the Dome|
|Yukon River from the Dome|
|Diamond Tooth Gerties|
|Robert Service Cabin|
|Bonanza Creek Tailings|
The sight that greets us just outside of Dawson City is the tailings that are the result of the early mining days. They are the waste that is left after the gold has gone through the many screens and sluices. Not the least bit attractive, but they are part of the story of the Klondike gold rush days.
We are on our way up the Dempster Highway when we leave Dawson City, click here, so much more to see.